Sunset Drive-In

7320 N. McCormick Boulevard,
Skokie, IL 60076

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Previously operated by: M & R Theatres

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Opening night ad, July 22, 1951

Opened on July 22, 1951 with Glenn Ford in “Follow the Sun”, a typical drive-in with concession stand and playground beneath the screen. Located just north of Touhy Avenue and just south of a Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago water filtration plant at McCormick Boulevard and Howard Street in Skokie. Closed in the mid-1970’s and replaced by light industry.

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DavidZornig on August 22, 2008 at 1:02 pm

It took me a while to track this one down. I saw Clint in “The Enforcer” here when it came out. Or whatever the one with Tyne Daly was. Being an action film, the crowd went out in a haze of gravel when departing.
I had a `56 Plymouth Savoy. It was a minor attraction at the show given it’s age.
But they never checked my trunk.

EricV on October 9, 2008 at 11:17 am

This M&R theatre opened July 22, 1951 with “Follow the Sun” (bio of golfer Ben Hogan with Glenn Ford & Anne Baxter) as the featured attraction. Other bits from the grand opening ad in the Tribune include:
The world’s largest screen! 48% Larger than any other drive-in theatre screen!
Wider roadways and more space between cars to make parking much easier.
Completely new RCA ramp lighting and numbering that gives the exact location of your car. No more getting lost.
Latest IMPROVED RCA sound and high-fidelity tone speakers.
Last mention I find in the Trib is September 1978 when “Smokey and the Bandit” was playing there. By 1980 Gene Siskel included the Sunset in a list of “long gone” drive-ins in a story he did on outdoor theatres.

DavidZornig on April 14, 2009 at 1:09 pm

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moskos on March 16, 2011 at 12:34 am

I saw Smokey and the Bandit there! And Young Frankenstein! I was born in 1971, for what it’s worth. Later I worked at the M&R Evanston.

In 1987, in the middle of the night, I worked cleaning some M&R drive-in way out west (from Evanston). I drunk lots of warm beer that was left behind. It wasn’t fun work.

EricV on February 14, 2012 at 8:55 am

If you to this website and enter Touhy & McCormick, Skokie in the box it’ll bring up aerial views-drive in visible from 1952 to 1974.

ChrisB on February 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

Opening night ad added to Photo section.

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Drive-In 54 on February 16, 2014 at 6:04 am

Nice looking grand opening ad!! ChrisB

50sSNIPES on September 27, 2020 at 12:25 pm

Opened In 1951, Grand Opening Ad Already Posted 6 Years Ago.

ChrisB on August 13, 2023 at 2:28 pm

Update: A print of “A Night at the Sunset” has finally turned up in the David Szabo collection at the Chicago Film Archive. Will try to rent a copy and post more info.

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